It?s that time of year again! The ICU Sabbatical elections process is well underway with nominations closing on 1st February and voting opening on the 11th. President, Vice Presidents and Felix Editor will be contested, for more details see the ICU homepage.
JD Wetherspoons to ban smoking.
The 600 strong chain of Wetherspoons pubs will be smoke free from next year, and all its London branches by the end of May this year. The company?s chairman criticised the government for its proposed plans which he claims ?do not make sense.? 'Live!' visited a London Wetherspoons last night and asked a mouse (which happened to be on the floor) what he thought about smoking. Unfortunately the mouse ran away without commenting.
After last year's ruling by the House of Lords that indefinite detention of terror suspects breached their human rights, Home Secretary Charles Clarke has vowed to reform anti-terror legislation. It is hinted that some terror suspects currently in prison may be kept under house arrest, put under curfew and have their access to communication systems controlled. Mr Clarke is also expected to investigate options for deportation and it seems there will still be a long wait while plans are formalised.
Syphilis epidemics not linked to unsafe sex.
An IC study of syphilis in the US showed that changes in the immunity of the population cause periodic syphilis outbreaks, rather than changes in sexual behaviour, as was previously thought.
Syphilis outbreaks previously attributed to social phenomena such as the sexual revolution or the gay liberation movement, are actually caused by a loss of immunity among those at risk of infection.
Dr Nicholas Grassly, a researcher based at St Mary's Hospital said: "While we do not dispute the fact that syphilis is transmitted by unsafe sex, our findings suggest that change in population immunity is the main reason for periodic epidemics of syphilis, not change in sexual behaviour."